Wichitans Should Support School of Osteopathic Medicine – A Vital Addition to the City of Wichita

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The proposed Kansas Health Science Center – Kansas College of Osteopathic Medicine in downtown Wichita.

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As a founding member of the Kansas Health Science Center-Kansas College of Osteopathic Medicine Board of Trustees, I have come to know and respect the impressive school leadership team and their overall vision for the school tremendously. and I think this is an essential addition. to the city of Wichita.

For over 26 years, I have lived in Wichita. This is where my wife and I raised our family, and this is where I built my career as an ophthalmologist / corneal transplant surgeon and partner at Grene Vision Group.

I love this community and I care deeply about its future and that of its people.

It is because of this passion and my belief in the impact that the proposed KHSC-KansasCOM will have on the community that I recently left my medical practice in order to join the school’s faculty as Assistant Dean for clinical education.

I loved my career, but over the nearly three decades I have spent as an eye surgeon – including considerable time working in rural Kansas communities – I have painfully realized the general shortage of primary care medical services available in the state.

In fact, former Governor Sam Brownback’s Health Care Task Force estimated 92 of Kansas’ 105 counties to be medically underserved. And the United States ranks 32nd in the world in terms of lifespan and infant mortality – a number we should all find unacceptable.

In this new role at school, as we reach the next phase of the accreditation process, we will not only have the chance to radically change the way we train physicians by combining new learning approaches with real world applications. , but we will also play a role in encouraging these future physicians to seek opportunities in primary care, serving rural communities and providing much needed empathic care to these populations.

With the curriculum offered by KHSC-KansasCOM, we hope to revolutionize current healthcare in a way that will have a major impact on our state and region, but beyond that it will have an equally significant impact on the city ​​of Wichita.

With its location in the heart of the city, the school will attract a new generation of Wichitans who will make this community even more alive in the years to come.

Since living here I have witnessed countless efforts to revitalize this city, especially its downtown area, and for the most part the results have been slow. I firmly believe that the proposed KHSC-KansasCOM will be the literal boost this city has been waiting for to take it to the next level, both economically and culturally.

Whether it is because of your own health care needs or those of your family and loved ones, the needs of the state, or the future of a thriving metro area of ​​Wichita, the proposed KHSC-KansasCOM is something we should all be supporting and supporting.

I hope you will join me.


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